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iPhone Patent Watch: ID App, Outgoing Voicemail Recorder, Pre-Selected Content, SMS Parental Controls, and SMS Confirmation

Apple Insider brings us a huge roundup of recent Apple iPhone-related patent filings.

First up is an ID App which lets users select from RFID, camera, or infrared input, or location data like GPS, to identify objects in their surroundings. (We'll spare you the tricorder jokes...)

Second is an outgoing voicemail recorder, which would record not the messages you receive, but those you leave for others.

Third is a way to sell iPhones and iPod's with pre-selected content. Metadata would be inserted during or just after manufacturing that would then download the content automagically when the user receives the device.

Fourth is for SMS parental controls, to filter out "objectionable content", and fifth would determine successful receipt of an SMS.

As always, there's no telling when, or if, Apple will ever actually ship any devices using any of these features. But it's fun to imagine the possibilities...

Waves iPhone around and makes tricorder noise

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

8 Comments
  • I guess the last three are very simple to implement and could be in 3.2 or later.
    But RFID could be just an experiment, or something to be added on the fourh generation hardware next year.
  • I love the things that have been happening since Steve got back at work :D
  • I Don't think the Voicemail one is going to be approved. My old Nokia had that.
    Yes, it required dialing the voice mail server to do it, but simply doing the same thing in a different place seems insufficient for a patent.
    This thing has been in Visual Voice Mail for some time, and Visual Voice Mail is available for other phones. Its not iPhone specific.
  • Tri-corder... LOL!!!
  • SMS-confirmation is available on nearly every phone (sans iPhone) over here in Europe - don't know if it's something extraordinary in the US but it'll never get approved.
  • If apple can strike a huge blow to the Sexting problems going on with SMS parent controls this could be huge for parents.
  • Ummm... Am I the only one that has spotted something weird!? Does anyone see anything different about each phone. How come each one has a different form factor from the next?
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